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Budgie Breeding Before breeding any species, it is important to learn as much about the animals, their personalities and the best practices to follow for responsible and ethical breeding prior to making the commitment to take on the responsibility.

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I find it interesting that Bananas is a very loud bird who squawks a lot. She has 6 babies with her who now all make that noise (they are still nice, complacent babies, just noisy), but the 1 baby of hers that is being raised by Houdini is very calm and rarely peeps!

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Then you might find that it will all change as they get older. The one who's quiet now might grow up to be the noisiest one (or not) you never know. Birds, like people or any living being with a brain large enough to show an individual personality, are born with their particular nature, with nurture shaping it.
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Rowdy hens often produce rowdy chicks in my experience, and vise versa. I imagine they pick it up as the acceptable way to respond by hearing mum do it.
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I agree that it's a bit of both. Quiet baby budgie right now has the nature to be just as vocal as it's siblings, but the way it's being bought up doesn't enforce that behaviour. Perhaps when it socialises with other birds who are noisier it will let out it's inner chirps.
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My budgie must've had a very vocal parent because he will happily chirp 8 hours straight with no break. I'm not exaggerating ... I've clocked it. Fortunately, I don't mind, but he wakes up and will wear himself out until the afternoon. He takes a nap and is a little mellow in the afternoon and then will pick it up again in the evening. He is a passionately vocal chirp factory. It's not squawking, but fairly pleasant conversational chirping. He has a ton to say.
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I find all budgies in general have a LOT to say! I do find it funny how all of mine chirp, have a nap at the same time and then start up again.
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They have to nap at the same time--there would be too much chirping to be able to sleep otherwise!

Are your boys more vocal than your girls?
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There is definitely a variation in how talkative budgies are, but I think this is about the angry squawking that some hens do when nesting which teaches the chicks to do it also. It seems a very learned behaviour and in my experience they tend to be a bit more on the stroppy side as adults than chicks raised by the more sedate parents.
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There is definitely a variation in how talkative budgies are, but I think this is about the angry squawking that some hens do when nesting which teaches the chicks to do it also. It seems a very learned behaviour and in my experience they tend to be a bit more on the stroppy side as adults than chicks raised by the more sedate parents.
Yes, I wasn't really talking about chirping (although mine definitely do a lot of that as well!), but she makes this loud chittering sound, and it appears that all the babies in her clutch now do too! I'm not sure if they are irritated, or if it's just so they can be heard above the noise of all the others, or what.

It will be very interesting to see if they maintain that as they get older, or if their "nature" will take over from their "nuture".
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